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1. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for October 2014 -

Top October 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

2. Tennesseans urged to fight 'voter suppression' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper on Wednesday urged Tennesseans to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

3. MBA student, faculty films air -

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

A short film by student Jacob Lothers was created as an entry in the Full Moon Film Festival for high school students, with the longer cut of his film airing this month. Lothers is part of Red Tower Productions, the school’s film and video club.

4. Sen. Summerville charged with public intoxication -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville, whose behavior has often drawn the ire of his Republican colleagues, has been charged with public intoxication.

5. AG gives opinion for District 30 seat replacement -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's attorney general has released an opinion on the legal mechanism for filling the District 30 seat held by Democratic state Sen. Jim Kyle.

6. Is it really time to relax lending standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

7. Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer Barrett dies at 86 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital, several partners of his Nashville-based law firm told The Associated Press.

8. Dean, Cooper to raise funds for Georgia's Nunn -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two of Nashville's top Democrats are planning a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate bid in Georgia.

Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, have scheduled a fundraiser at their Green Hills home on Monday. The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/1qzwDQH) that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, will be an honorary host.

9. HCA executive taking leave to help VA acting chief -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville health care executive has been named as a special adviser to Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson.

WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1pPuzFY) reports Jonathan Perlin is taking a 60-day leave from his position as chief medical officer of HCA.

10. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for May 2014 -

Top May 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Harlan Mathews, successor to Gore in Senate, dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Harlan Mathews, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Gore after he was elected vice president in 1992, died Friday. He was 87.

A family spokesman said Mathews died at a hospice in Nashville with his wife, Pat, by his side. He had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

12. Redistricting has little effect on Tennessee GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) — While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

13. Redistricting has little effect on Tennessee GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) - While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

14. 7,780 flood insurance policies face hike in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - For many Tennessee property owners in flood-prone areas, a move by Congress to soften steep increases to subsidized insurance policies may come as little comfort.

A new law signed by President Barack Obama last week dials back some of most dramatic hikes in the price of national flood insurance, but Federal Emergency Management Agency statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that 7,780 flood insurance policies in Tennessee still face soaring insurance rates.

15. Fannie, Freddie helped turn economy around -

“By the end of this quarter, Fannie and Freddie will have paid the government $203 billion, slightly more than the $187.5 billion they received from the government in their 2008 bailout. But 2008 was six years ago. Had the government charged shareholders a very reasonable 10% interest on the loan, F&F would owe another $93 billion. So, let’s talk when F&F’s total payments to Uncle Sam total $281 billion.”

16. Five attorneys join Baker Donelson -

Baker Donelson has announced the addition of five new associates to its Nashville office: Austin L. Fleishour, TaCara D. Harris, Henry E. Hildebrand, Michaela D. Poizner and Taylor K. Wirth.

17. Baker Donelson adds 2 to tax department -

Veteran tax attorneys Steven K. Wood and Julie A. Boswell are joining Baker Donelson’s Nashville office as members of the firm’s tax department.

18. It was a good run, but the real estate sales boom is over -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors’ sale figures for October show there were 2,469 closings for the month, up 6.79 percent from the same period last year. It was noted in this column last month that pending sales for September were up only 8.7 percent, signaling the end of double-digit increases.

19. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers -

The late Ronald Reagan delivered some of the best one-liners, sometimes two-liners, of any modern-day president.

In a presidential debate, Hank Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asked then-Pres. Reagan the following: “You are already the oldest president in history, and some on your staff say that you were tired.”

20. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for August 2013 -

Top August 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

21. Military paints dire picture from budget cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Pentagon leaders offered a sober assessment Thursday of the impact of automatic spending cuts on the military, arguing that they are embarrassing and unsafe for the United States while imploring a stymied Congress to stop them.

22. Cooper adds 3 people to Washington office -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper is adding three people to his Washington office.

Chris Carroll will be Cooper's new press secretary. Carroll is a Tennessee native and most recently the Washington correspondent for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

23. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for June 2013 -

Top June 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

24. Aegis Sciences promotes 4 to vice president -

Aegis Sciences Corporation, a provider of forensic toxicology and health care sciences laboratories, has promoted four leaders to vice president:

25. Reaction mixed in Tennessee concerning gay marriage ruling -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville attorney who married her wife a year ago in Washington, D.C., said she is thrilled with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Julia Tate watched coverage of the court with Lisa McMillan on Wednesday morning at their home and said everyone should have equality.

26. Are we really that Amped? -

For every person charged up over the arrival of The Amp, there seems to be another blowing a fuse over Nashville’s latest alternate transportation plan.

And despite Mayor Karl Dean’s steady public words of optimism about a 2016 launch, the skeptical continue to zap him with questions about funding, route location, ridership estimates and timing for the bus rapid transit project.

27. Cooper and Durbin talk immigration and sales tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Nashville with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday to drum up support for Internet sales tax collection and an immigration overhaul.

Durbin is an Illinois Democrat who is sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and others. He said Internet businesses have an unfair advantage over brick and mortar shops. He said consumers are using local stores as showrooms to pick a product that they then go buy on the Internet.

28. Role reversal: GOP blasts Obama plan to sell TVA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Barack Obama's plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach.

29. Events -

Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting. Featuring more than 200 higher-end wines, beer and a spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction with more than 200 items. Tonight's event also will include culinary delicacies and a photo opportunity with GNASH. A VIP dinner & tasting will take place in the Patron Platinum Club. It will feature a five-course dinner with wine pairing and hand-crafted wines. The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. and is $200 per person. VIP guests may attend the Wine Festival prior to the VIP dinner. Bridgestone Arena. Information: www.predators.nhl/club/page.htm

30. Cooper says his views on gay unions have evolved -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee says his support of civil unions for gay partners developed over his years in office.

The Democratic lawmaker from Nashville told a Washington reporter for The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14NAdPK) he sees the issue not as only a civil right, but as an economic matter as well.

31. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2013 -

Top February 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

32. Top commercial real estate transactions for January 2013 -

Top January 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

33. Australia calls, Music City Roots hits the road -

Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe embarks on a music and marketing mission in late January, when the broadcast moves for a week from the Pasquo Community, in the shadow of the Natchez Trace, to Tamworth, Australia.

34. Phenomenal 2012 sales good sign for new year -

As the year ends in the residential real estate market, buyers, sellers, Realtors and all associated with sales are dancing in the “sold” sign-filled streets and counting their blessings.

35. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for November 2012 -

November 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

36. Stock market is a wild card in fiscal cliff talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.

37. Top commercial real estate transactions for October 2012 -

October 2012 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

38. Top residential real estate transactions for October 2012 -

October 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

39. Condo market shifts fortunes back to east -

So, the election happened. We now know the results, but Realtors and anyone looking for homes knew well in advance how various neighborhoods would vote. A tally of campaign signs can yield results with a smaller margin of error than any poll taken.

40. DesJarlais re-elected despite abortion revelations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Republican congressman won re-election on Tuesday overcoming revelations that he once had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Jasper physician before going to Congress, beat Democratic challenger Eric Stewart on Tuesday. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, DesJarlais had 111,988 votes, or 57 percent, compared with Stewart's 83,835 votes, or 43 percent.

41. DesJarlais only Tenn. congressman with tough race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two years after upsetting the incumbent Democrat, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is the only Tennessee member of Congress facing a serious challenge in Tuesday's general election.

42. What’s worth more, the house or the land? -

Happy days are here again for developers, renovators and, as a result, sellers in various areas around town, including 12South, Hillsboro Village, Hillsboro West End, Green Hills, Belle Meade Highlands, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Sylvan Park, East Nashville and a few other pockets. Owners there can now sell their houses for more than they are worth.

43. Staff counsel joins Cooper's office -

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today that Alfred Degrafinreid II has joined his office as counsel. Degrafinreid will be based in Nashville and will advise on policy matters and coordinate community outreach for Rep. Cooper.

44. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 -

August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

45. Senator loses post over expletive to black caucus -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state senator who headed a panel investigating allegations of grade fixing at Tennessee State University has lost his chairmanship for using an expletive to dismiss concerns from the caucus of black lawmakers.

46. Top residential sales for July, 2012 -

July 2012 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

47. Gibson Guitar acknowledges exotic wood violation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday announced a deal to drop a criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged its importations of exotic wood violated environmental laws.

48. Black, Fleischmann prevail in hard-fought races -

Black, Fleischmann prevail in hard-fought races

ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Chuck Fleischmann on Thursday turned back vigorous attempts by Republican rivals to deny them another term in Congress.

49. Meharry doctor to lead National Medical Association -

Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Meharry Medical College, will be installed as president of the National Medical Association (NMA) on July 31 during the NMA 2012 annual convention and scientific assembly in New Orleans.

50. Top residential real estate transactions for June, 2012 -

June 2012 real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

51. How ‘affordable’ is Franklin for its workers? -

The recent Greater Nashville Housing Summit featured presentations by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and focused on the status of the regional real estate market.

Ted Feldman, executive director of the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency, also addressed the group, and the event was attended by Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as representatives from the offices of other members of the United States House of Representatives such as Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn.

52. Need some help from Washington partisans -

Last week thousands of Realtors descended on Washington in order to attend a legislative rally and meet with their congressional representatives in order to discuss issues that challenge the real estate industry.

53. Veterans workshop to assist military personnel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is hosting a free veterans workshop at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Nashville.

54. Tennessee's Cooper, bipartisan group offers alternative to GOP budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years with a mix of new tax revenues and spending cuts across the federal budget is headed for a House vote, but it is likely to be rejected by Republicans against higher hikes and Democrats opposed to curbs on Medicare and Social Security benefits.

55. Lawmakers debate pay cutoff for budget gridlock -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It might be dismissed as an election year gimmick by the big shots who run Capitol Hill, but frustration over Congress' failure to pass a budget since 2009 has given surprising momentum to a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't — or won't — pass a budget blueprint.

56. Cooper: Vital that Congress work together -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors releases home sales information each month, and for the past several months the number of units sold has been up 25 percent over the same months for the prior year.

57. Nashville in single US House seat under GOP plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican lawmakers don't plan to divide Nashville among several congressional seats as some Democrats had feared, according to plans released Friday.

The redistricting plan, first obtained by The Associated Press, also indicates that the 4th District would be significantly redrawn to extend from Rutherford County on the outskirts of Nashville to Bradley County near Chattanooga.

58. Tenn. lawmakers mum on congressional redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republicans appear in no hurry to reveal their plans for reshaping Tennessee's congressional districts.

The GOP proposals for new district lines in the state House and Senate were unveiled Wednesday, but leaders were unwilling to say when the new outlines of the state's nine congressional districts would be made public.

59. Tenn. lawmakers mum on congressional redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republicans appear in no hurry to reveal their plans for reshaping Tennessee's congressional districts.

The GOP proposals for new district lines in the state House and Senate were unveiled Wednesday, but leaders were unwilling to say when the new outlines of the state's nine congressional districts would be made public.

60. House redistricting plan draws 5 black lawmakers into 3 seats -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican plans for Tennessee legislative redistricting released Wednesday would draw five black House members into three seats and place the top Senate Democrat into the same district as a GOP incumbent.

61. Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S. under new laws that take effect Jan. 1.

62. US reps seek new law after raids at Gibson guitars -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two members of Tennessee's congressional delegation on Thursday announced federal legislation aimed at quelling fears among owners of musical instruments and other products made from imported wood that they could face prosecution under a law that has led to raids on Gibson Guitar Corp.

63. Sons of Tenn. politicians cash in on known name -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The youthful son of a well-known Tennessee politician declares for public office and runs headlong into criticism about his inexperience and effort to ride the coattails of his famous father.

64. Gullibility is keeping Internet scammers busy -

Craigslist provides an outlet for almost everything, from real estate to lingerie and all the materials necessary to fill both or either. The Craigslist visitor may buy or lease, hire or fleece and, according to a CNN documentary, the founder and president worried more about the transaction fee then the legality of the transaction.

65. Durbin: Tenn. voter ID law hampers ballot access -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jim Cooper are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to take steps to ensure ballot access under Tennessee's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.

66. Bredesen, mom no longer get Haslam news summary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Among those no longer receiving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's daily news roundup are 74 lawmakers, five dead people, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen — and Bredesen's mother.

Haslam's staff cut distribution of the widely read "Daily News Clips" email from more than 1,200 to 183. A spokesman has said the change makes the email list more manageable and hasn't saved any money.

67. Nashville was never limited to country music -

Pundits may look at the fact that Jack White and other young artists and support staffs are moving in and say the city is fast evolving past its traditional country music identity.

68. Realtors go to Washington, come home happy -

Each year, in early May, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) organizes and implements Realtor Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., during its mid-year meetings. That’s right, the mid-year meetings are in early May. But it is Washington, and they are Realtors, so they never let a calendar get in the way of a good event.

69. Plan to ease Harding traffic nixed -

A Metro plan to ease traffic at Harding and White Bridge roads is being pulled by the Metro Planning Commission following protests from neighbors and greenway supporters.

The proposal called for a connector linking Woodlawn Drive to White Bridge Road – crossing Harding -- to help reduce congestion at the Harding-White Bridge intersection. It also included widening Harding from five to six lanes from St. Thomas Hospital to west of Belle Meade Plaza.

70. Report: Warnings in Nashville flood came late -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The National Weather Service failed to warn of major flooding in Nashville in the spring until after it had already taken place, and residents did not heed warnings because they didn't reflect the urgency of the flooding, which killed 22 people around the state, a new report shows.